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Peter V. Hall

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Peter V. Hall, Anthony Perl and Karen Sawatzky

What difference do transit subsidies make to the quality of life of workers? We report on the results of a study of the effects of an experimental transit subsidy offered to downtown hotel workers on perceived quality of life. Analysing self-reported quality of life indicators compared before and after an experimental transit subsidy offer, we identify positive outcomes with respect to health, stress and commute predictability among those who accepted the subsidy. The study also paid close attention to occupation and other social differences among workers, showing the invaluable role that transit plays in supporting the quality of life of service workers in the post-industrial urban economy.